Panthers beat Tigers, 5-4

By Chris Hoppes - [email protected]

The Miami Trace Panthers baseball team hosted the McClain Tigers in an SCOL match-up Wednesday.

The rains came during the game and only increased in intensity as the game moved along.

Finally, after McClain batted in the sixth, scoring twice, the umpires called the game, with Miami Trace taking a 5-4 victory.

Trevon Burnside got the win for Miami Trace. He pitched six innings with three hits and four runs (two earned), five walks and 12 strikeouts.

Stone took the loss for the Tigers on the hill. He worked five innings with five hits and five runs (four earned). He walked two and struck out five.

“Trevon pitched a nice game, other than the walks,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “When he threw strikes, they really couldn’t hit him. The story for us is, we have to throw strikes.

“Base-running mistakes cost us a couple of runs,” Smith said. “We’re young and we’re making little mistakes. To be a good baseball team, we can’t do that.

“Luckily, we held on there at the end,” Smith said. “

The Panthers went to work early, scoring twice in the bottom of the first.

Josh Morton led off with a double and Brady Wallace followed with a single. Morton was thrown out at home on the play and Wallace ended up at second.

Wallace stole third and scored on a throwing error.

Mitchell Creamer walked and stole second. He moved to third on a single by Skyler McDonald and scored on a single by Trenton Harris.

McClain tied the game in the top of the fourth.

Stone walked and scored on a triple by Hampton. A ground out by Easter scored Hampton.

In the fifth inning for Miami Trace, Wallace singled and stole second.

Creamer singled, moving Wallace to third.

McDonald walked to load the bases.

Drew Stevens singled, scoring Wallace and Creamer.

Coby Hughes hit a grounder on the infield that was misplayed, allowing McDonald to score.

The Tigers rallied in the top of the sixth.

Easter led off with a single, followed by a walk to Hall.

Mischal reached on an error that scored Easter and Hall.

Miami Trace (now 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the SCOL) has a game scheduled for Thursday at Circleville.

The Panthers are slated to play at Hillsboro Friday and at Westfall Saturday.

Offensively for Miami Trace: Josh Morton, 1-2, 1 2b; Heath Cockerill, 0-1; Brady Wallace, 2-3, 2 runs, 2 sb; Mitchell Creamer, 2-2, 2 runs, 2 sb, 1 bb; Skyler McDonald, 1-2, 1 run, 1 sb, 1 bb; Trenton Harris, 1-3, 1 sb, 1 rbi; Drew Stevens, 1-3, 2 rbi; Coby Hughes, 0-3; Logan Robinson, 0-3; Kody Scott, 0-2.

Offensively for McClain: Booth, 0-4; Rumer, 0-3, 1 bb; Mischall, 1-4; Beatty, 0-3, hbp; Stone, 0-0, hbp, 2 bb, 1 run; Hampton, 1-3, 1 run, 1 3b, 1 rbi; Easter, 1-3, 1 run, 1 rbi; Hall, 0-0, 1 run, 1 hbp, 2 bb; Yates, 0-3.


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By Chris Hoppes

[email protected]

Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1

Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1